8 Vet-Recommended Superfoods You Need To Start Feeding Your Dog Now!
Keeping our dogs healthy and happy is our #1 priority. Finding an appropriately balanced diet is key. Adding superfoods to your dog’s daily food intake is an easy way to enhance your dog’s overall health.
So… What are superfoods? Superfoods are foods that are naturally jam-packed with nutrients. The ones listed below are specifically beneficial to dogs. Adding them to your pup’s diet can help him live a longer, healthier life.
*As with any diet, please discuss any and all changes with your veterinarian first.
#1 Apples (Without Seeds)
Apples make an excellent treat for your dog. They are packed with fiber and are great for Fido to chomp on. Apples clean their teeth while freshening that wonderful doggy breath.
This inexpensive veggie is packed with vitamins and minerals that have huge health benefits. Carrots contain beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is optimal for bone health, vision and healthy skin.
Carrots are tasty with just enough sweetness. They also make great chews to clean their teeth.
Bananas are a wonderful diet booster for active dogs. The natural sugars metabolize quickly for that extra boost of energy. They’re the perfect treat to give to your dog before heading out for a long walk or a trip to the dog park. Freeze them on warmer days to cool your dog down. Bananas are full of vitamin C, potassium, amino acids, and electrolytes.
#4 Sweet Potatoes
These super tubers are rich in fiber and naturally occurring sugars. They have the perfect amount of sweetness that also provide loads of antioxidants to help prevent certain types of cancers.
I add a sweet potato to my pup’s evening meal and she eats it right up! YUM!
This yummy green veggie has cancer-fighting powers. It is rich in lutein that helps protects your pup’s eyes. It is also a great source of fiber, calcium and potassium. Use small pieces of raw broccoli for training. Works great!
Kelp is a terrific source of calcium, folic acid, vitamin A, and iodine. Vets say it can improve energy, rev up the immune system and can even aid in weight loss.
Quinoa is called the “mother of all grains” because it is a highly nutritious seed jam-packed with fiber and protein. It is usually easy for doggos to digest and makes a great meal base.
#8 Raw Local Honey
This goes for dogs and humans alike! When your canine ingests small amounts of local pollen found in raw local honey, it can increase your dog’s tolerance to seasonal allergens. Dogs with sensitive skin and eyes have been making strides with this superfood!
We all know that dogs love to eat. Sharing table scraps USING superfoods can benefit your dog in many ways. But remember, like anything else, start small. Introducing new foods in small amounts is the best way to prevent a potential bellyache. Bone-appetite 🙂
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Reverse Sneezing In Dogs – What to do…
Does this sound familiar? Your dog suddenly starts making loud snorting sounds—over and over again, in quick succession. Do you start wondering, did they swallow something they shouldn’t have? Can they breathe?! Chances are, you’re experiencing the infamous “reverse sneeze.” Veterinarians often see dogs whose owners rushed them in for an emergency appointment after finding them standing with their elbows apart, head pulled back, and eyes bulging as they snort or gasp repeatedly. Yet for the vast majority of these dogs, a vet visit was unnecessary.
Reverse sneezing looks and sounds scary the first time you encounter it. However, it’s a fairly common and harmless respiratory event for dogs.
Read on to learn how to identify reverse sneezing, what causes it, and how to tell the difference between a harmless reverse sneeze and something else.
What is reverse sneezing?
A reverse sneeze is pretty much what it sounds like: a sneeze that happens in reverse! The above video is a good example of what it looks and sounds like.
In a regular sneeze, air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. In a reverse sneeze, air is rapidly, and noisily, pulled in through the nose. It occurs in spasms lasting anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute and sounds like snorting, snuffling, and even gagging. See the above video for an example.
Because of the sounds their dogs make while reverse sneezing, many people mistakenly think their dog is choking. However, a reverse sneeze is almost as normal and harmless as a regular sneeze.
There’s no single cause for a reverse sneeze. Like regular sneezing, it’s often triggered by an irritation or inflammation in the nose, throat, or sinuses. It often occurs when dogs wake up from a nap, or after eating, when their breathing pattern may have rapidly changed. It’s also caused by irritants in the airway—anything from dust to an inhaled hair!
Some dogs experience more frequent reverse sneezing in springtime when the air is full of pollen and other allergens. Others reverse sneeze more in the winter, when sudden temperature changes between outdoors and indoors cause the nasal passages to contract.
Another common cause of reverse sneezing is pressure on the throat and neck. A too-tight collar, or straining against the leash, can irritate the throat and lead to a reverse sneeze. That’s just one more reason to consider a harness for your dog.
Finally, some dogs reverse sneeze after exercise, or when they’re overexcited. This is particularly common among brachycephalic, or short-nosed, breeds like pugs and bulldogs. When they get worked up, they may inhale their elongated soft palates into the throat, triggering an episode of reverse sneezing.
Reverse sneezing is super-common, and it won’t hurt your dog. However, some dogs become anxious during a reverse sneezing episode, and a lengthy episode may be uncomfortable.
You can help your dog recover from a reverse sneezing episode by remaining calm yourself. If you get anxious, your dog’s anxiety will increase, too. So, stay calm, and show your dog there’s nothing to panic about.
If your dog is experiencing a particularly long episode of reverse sneezing, you may be able to ease or end the episode by:
Gently massaging your dog’s throat
Briefly covering their nostrils, which will cause them to swallow and potentially stop sneezing
Depressing their tongue with your hand to help open airways
Some vets suggest gently blowing in your dog’s face
In the vast majority of cases, there’s no need to intervene. Reverse sneezing doesn’t last long, and your dog will be perfectly normal after it stops.
When you should go to the vet
As mentioned, reverse sneezing rarely requires veterinary treatment. As soon as the sneezing episode stops, the situation is resolved. However, if episodes increase in frequency or duration, you should call the vet just in case. You should also seek treatment if your dog’s reverse sneezing is accompanied by other respiratory symptoms or if they have any unusual discharge from their nose.Occasionally, chronic reverse sneezing can be a symptom of more serious issues. These include nasal mites, foreign objects in the airway, respiratory infections, and tracheal collapse. If you’re concerned about the intensity of your dog’s reverse sneezing, take a video to show the vet. They’ll be able to determine potential causes.Most dogs experience episodes of reverse sneezing at some point in their lives. For the vast majority of dogs, it’s a common, temporary, harmless reaction with no lasting aftereffects. Of course, it still sounds unsettling to our human ears! But now that you know what reverse sneezing is, you’ll be less likely to make an unnecessary vet visit.